According to the Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar, the Government of India is currently working on a proposal of setting up a museum to depict the history of education in India which goes back to thousands of years, from the present to the Vedic period. The HRD Minister further added that the Indian Government is working towards forming a policy towards bringing about a change within the terminology of ‘deemed universities’ to eliminate the word ‘deemed’ from these universities. The said announcement was made during the inauguration of a new building at the National Museum Institute of History, Art, Conservation and Museology located in Nodia. Mahesh Sharma, the Union Minister of Culture, was present at the event.
As per Mr Javadekar, memorials and museums play a vital role in invoking pride and honour in the ancient heritage, history and traditions of the country, and they have played a crucial role in the success of the country, from the past to the present.
India has one of the oldest civilisations in the world and a history which dates back to over 10000 years. India is also one of the first civilisations to introduce the concept of formal education. India had ancient universities such as Takshashila, Nalanda and various other universities which offered education to Indians and travellers from all over the world for centuries.
Many schools and colleges were formed by freedom fighters and great leaders like Madan Mohan Malviya and Bal Gangadhar Tilak during the freedom struggle till independence. These educational institutions aided in imparting quality education to Indian students. India has a rich history and culture in the field of education, and hence India deserves to have a museum dedicated to the rich educational history and heritage which every Indian can be proud of.
The HRD Minister also stated that for the first time, India has a Prime Minister who is passionate about the culture and heritage of India and desires to inspire the future generations of the country from its past, history and heritage. The Government has also proposed many museums and memorials dedicated to Dr B.R. Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre incident, the sepoy mutiny of 1857. Also at the same time, some police and war memorials are under construction.
Integrating the latest technology along with the Indian heritage will allow future generations to appreciate the history, heritage and culture of our country. Mr Javadekar also stated that people often work for money and run after money while forgetting about their culture, heritage, art and history. The HRD Minister also further noted that life could be meaningless if one does not engage with nature, their culture and their history.
Speaking from the new campus of the National Museum Institute, the Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar stated that history of Arts, Conservation and Museology are essential subjects for understanding the heritage and history of the country and also highlighted the importance conserving and maintaining historical heritage and artefacts. This would also increase the demand for a skilled individual in the said fields.
Presently, there are 250 students enrolled in the National Museum Institute, and this number is likely to double shortly. The institute also plans to add a few more courses towards imparting knowledge to conserve the heritage of the nation.`